Summary: Good battery life, easy to download data. Garmin's online stuff is fun and easy to use. The computer works well - the only problem I had was the cable that came with the device was 'busted' but Garmin sent me a replacement and it got here within a couple days. Not the easiest display to read in the sun but so far everything has worked just fine. And for the price you can't go wrong.
Summary: Bought this for my wife,I have been using one for 4 years. Bigger screen than other units by Garmin and others. Charging is junk and I have been through 2 so far. I use the included cord and plug it into my IPad charging unit now. This new unit locks on to satellites much faster than the old one.
Summary: The Garmin Edge 500 really enhances my cycling experience. There is absolutely no better way to analyze and study a ride. When commuting to work I would know exactly how I was doing with time and effort. In other words, if I was holding back, this device would tell me by indicating I used an additional increment of time to reach the same point. Since the Edge 500 also works with various power meters, I will soon be purchasing one to indicate the wattage I am putting out.
Summary: I bought this device as a budget option over some more expensive selections and I am very happy with the product. I wanted to monitor the bike rides I made in terms of the distance cycled, the time and the elevation change as well as be able to map the routes I cycled and keep a record of them online. The Garmin Edge 500 is doing all of this well. Additionally I am appreciate the Calorie burning data as I have a handle on the amount of 'work out' I am giving my self.
Summary: I've been using Garmin GPS training devices for about a decade almost entirely for cycling use. I am primarily a road cyclist, although I do about 15 - 20% of my training on trails. Of the three Garmin GPS training models I've owned, the Edge 500 is by far my favorite. Compared to other GPS devices, this offers the most features, in a simple and sleek form factor, with a straight-forward user interface, all at a good price.